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. >>> "outfront" next. north korea scrapping a 60-year armistice with the south. has kim jong-un gone too far, and dennis rodman speaks again. >>> controversy in europe after horse meat is discovered at restaurants. so why is horse meat about to be processed here in the united states? >>> and i sit down with the former first lady, laura bush. how she sees the gop changing. let's go "outfront." >>> and good evening, everyone, i'm erin burnett. tough talk from north korea. today north korean officials scrapped the armistice that's created nearly 60 years of peace, uneasy peace, but peace with south korea. this after the u.n. security council unanimously passed tougher sanctions thursday against pyongyang. the reason for those sanctions, north korea's third nuclear test. north korea also threatened in an editorial in its state-run newspaper that, quote, as the armistice agreement has been nullified, no one can expect what will happen next. so is this just your run-of-the-mill sabre rattling, or does north korea's new young leader have something to prove and have the will to prove it? president o
korea, kim jong-un welcomed the troops at the front line with south korea, the communist regime unveiled new threats, including a possible nuclear attack. the u.n. security council pushed back by adopting sanctions. >> reporter: wolf, tensions remain high here on the korean peninsula, following days of aggressive rhetoric from north korea that says it is ready for war. the rogue state, which made the extraordinary threat of a pre-emptive nuclear strike against the united states says it is still willing to nullify the armistice agreement that ended the korean war back in 1953. now once they do that, they begin the exercises which start next week. now no one really knows what it means but there are fears that there could be provocations from pyongyang. this comes in the wake of u.n. sanctions that were voted unanimously by the security council. and with china's support it sends a very strong message that they're also fed up with north korea's belligerent behavior. north korea says they're on high alert and ready for any attack. >> and ambassador susan rice is joining us from the united nat
north korean leader kim jong un to stop the provocations. >> rather than threaten to abrogate and threaten to move in some new direction, the world would be better served if he would direct his people and make a decision himself to engage in a legitimate dialogue. >> u.n. secretary general ban ki-moon said he's concerned about what he called provocative rhetoric. >> this year marks the 60th anniversary of the 1953 armistice agreement of the korean war. i reiterate the importance of this critical agreement. >> ban urged north korean officials to build trust that will lead to stability in the korean peninsula. but building trust doesn't seem to be a priority right now for authorities in pyongyang. along with vowing to scrap the armistice, they are also threatening to carry out a nuclear attack on the u.s. the wednesday edition of the ruling party newspaper "rodong sinmun," says north korea has varied and precise means of nuclear attack. it goes on to say authorities would turn not only seoul but also washington into a sea of fire if the united states flaunts its nuclear weapons.
pictures of leader kim jong-un -- the military was doing what it could to turn up the tension. they informed south korea they were cutting off the hot line that connects the two militaries, saying that no words, only arms would work. another statement from the foreign minister was relayed by a newsreader. >> the korean peninsula is now in a touch and go situation due to the nuclear war provocation of the u.s. and south korea. they are entering the final stage of the all-out showdown with the states. >> the foreign minister statement also said a final decision had been reached to take military action. it sounds like a clear threat, but the conditions for doing so have already been met. at the same time, pyongyang is sending a direct message to the un that could be seen as conciliatory. ertainly -- there are no consequences of the hotline cutoff. the line is usually used to coordinate the travel of south koreans every day. south korea said direct lines to the complex were working. south korea's government talks about more engagement, not less, including the possibility of restar
>>> north korean leader kim jong-un has ordered the military to get ready for strikes against u.s. targets. >>> north korea, iran and syria have blocked a u.n. treaty intended to regulate the global arms trade. >>> and an nhk investigation into went went wrong at fukushima daiichi shows they could have avoided one of the melt downs if they had known the inner workings better. >>> welcome to nhk world "newsline." the u.s. secretary of defense says north korea's provocative actions and belligerent tone have ratcheted up the danger on the korean peninsula. chuck hagel said leaders in pyongyang used heated rhetoric for years, but he said people have to understand there's a new reality. >> we will unequivocally defend and we are unequivocally committed to that alliance with south korea as well as our other allies in that region of the world. and we will be prepared. we have to be prepared to deal with any eventuality there. >> hagel said there are a lot of unknowns, but he said u.s. officials have to take every provocative word and action seriously. maidle made the comments hours aft
't engage kim jong un, which appeared in foreign policy magazine. ambassador joseph de trani served as envoy for six party talks in 2003. from 2010 to 2012, he was the director of the national counter proliferation center and without objection, the witnesses spoke prepared statements will be made part of the record, but i'm going to ask to summarizer testimony five minutes and will begin with dr. asher. >> chairman royce, ricky member engel, i want to thank you sincerely for the opportunity to testify on the matter of grave concern. the nuclear proliferation risk of the north korean regime and the need for a fundamental new policy approach addresses that are at that north korea opposes to asia and the world. in short, our diplomatic efforts, which i was part of a lung with ambassador de trani has failed. so how proliferation activities to procurement of the north korean regime. i believe in the next 20 ferments come in north korea's threat will go from bad to worse. not only do they fear nuclear warheads on expanding and sophisticated missile force including directly against the united state
the kim jong-un government is looking at some significant financial problems. spee-1 very quickly. north korea has been aggressively exporting monetary nonmonetary goal. if you're trying to tighten up the financial affects against north korea, you need to look at these tradable precious metals as sanction the item. they are typically marked with the north korean emblem. when they're not, the gold can be tested precise as to where its origin emanates from. so you could create a verification compliance that could screen out the gold export which might be generating as much as a billion plus a year for north korea. our estimate 2005 north korea's illicit earnings on october $2,801,000,000,000, and that was overtly -- i think it's increasing. >> thank you for the idea, dr. asher. that's a good one. we would go to mr. marino. >> thank you, chairman. good afternoon, gentlemen and thank you for being here. over here. first of all let me say that i personally did not consider a retired basketball player showing up at his own pr promotion in a wedding dress a series credible ambassador representi
with his new friend the north korean leader kim jong-un. >>> president obama is taking his new outreach campaign directly to capitol hill just as leading republicans are reviving parts of their agenda from the 2012 presidential campaign. his former rival house budget committee chairman paul ryan sounded a lot like he did back out there on the campaign trail last year. our chief congressional correspondent dana bash is joining us live from capitol hill right now. dana, what's the latest that's going on because there's a lot of activity. >> reporter: there sure is. you know, wolf, one of the reasons he picked paul ryan as his runningmate because ryan is considered one of the smartest minds and best spokespeople on the issue of republican economic principles and today ryan doubled down on those ideas. if all this looks familiar, it should. >> the house budget committee republican majority, putting out yet again a budget that addresses america's need. >> reporter: there are some differences between this paul ryan budget and those in years past. the biggest, the election day smackdown ryan a
appears to be growing more impatient with hits neighbor. kim jong un has been mostly confrontational with the u.s. except for his meeting with dennis rodman last week. >> we have urged the north korean leadership to head president obama's call to choose the path of peace and come into compliance witnesses international obligations. north korea's actions directly violate united nations security council resolutions and threaten international please and security. >> reporter: a third nuclear test took place just last month, jon. jon: congress is taking teps to try to further the crackdown on north korea? >> reporter: they are supporting tougher chances. they are mold holding a meeting on north korean criminal activities that keep the regime in power. here is chairmaned royce from california. >> we must go after kim jong un's illegal activities like we went after organized crime in the united states. identify the network, interdict shipment and disrupt the flow of money. >> reporter: it includes the smuggling and counterfeiting of u.s. 100-dollar bills, jon. jon: thank you. general jack
greeted their leader kim jong-un during his made for tv inspection tour of military border facilities. kim wants the world to see this as he has dramatically stepped up his dangerous rhetoric. he's even threatening a nuclear threat as he faces tough u.n. sanctions for the nuclear test. the obama administration isn't backing down. >> we're also going to continue to increase the pressure if they don't make the right choice. >> reporter: on his way to afghanistan, defense secretary chuck hagel made clear how closely the u.s. was watching. >> the united states of america and our allies are prepared to deal with any threat. >> cnn has learned the u.s. has recently stepped up surveillance using aircraft, radars, and satellites already nearby. military officials say so far there are no signs of unusual military moves by the north. but there is a disturbing new weapons program, the kn-08. u.s. officials say this missile, shown in a north korea military parade last year, is now undergoing engine testing. it's a three-stage ballistic missile with a potential 3,000 mile range. that's not as far as th
community. >> suarez: the sanctions aim to make it more difficult for north korea's leader, kim jong-un, to finance his nuclear and missile programs. in december, the north successfully fired a long-range rocket, saying it was designed to orbit a satellite. and last month, north koreans cheered scientists who carried out the country's third nuclear test. that event directly provoked today's u.n. action. north korea's closest ally, china, even helped draft the sanctions. >> we want to see full implementation of the resolution. the top priority now is to defuse the tension, bring down the heat. ( applause ) >> suarez: instead, the sounds and images from pyongyang today were all about defiance. civilians and members of the military staged a mass rally and state television carried a direct threat against the u.s. >> ( translated ): since the united states is about to ignite a nuclear war, we will be exercising our right to preemptive nuclear attack against the headquarters of the aggressor in order to protect our supreme interest. >> suarez: north korea also threatened this week to nullify
what our supreme commander kim jong-un wants. no matter what anyone says victory is ours. >> reporter: this is propaganda but very patriotic statements coming out of pyongyang. i think the international community's obviously concerned, will this mean all-out war. >>> i think it's prepare tearma say that. having been in south korea recently, this will raise tensions even more so. >> anna, china, which is a key north korean ally, is supporting these sanctions against north korea. that's not necessarily what you expect, right? >> reporter: no, exactly. china has been a big supporter. if the only supporter really of north korea, the biggest treading partner, providing fuel and food and for china to come out and bank the sanctions from the missile test in december and on to the nuclear test last month to come out and say, yes, north korea needs to be punished, this is a big move because, in the past, china has certainly had some influence over what north korea does. you'd have to assume, considering that north korea continues to go against the international community, that china's influenc
north korea last week. he quoted kim jong-un as saying "i don't want to do war" and asking that president obama "call him." white house officials denounced the rodman visit as nothing more than a publicity stunt. for more on the sanctions and north korea's response, i'm joined by victor cha, a former national security council official, now a senior advisor at the center for strategic and international studies. and joseph detrani, formerly senior advisor and north korea mission manager in the office of director of national intelligence. he's now president of the intelligence and national security alliance. mr. cha, what did the security council vote to do in these latest sanctions. >> well, this latest round of sanctions, ray, came at three things. first is interdicting of cargo expected to be of north korean origin that carry missile parts or things of that nature. a blacklist on the import of certain items people can use for their weapons programs as well as individuals and the third element has to do with financial sanctions. trying to block -- u.n. member states blocking
such an attack would mark the end of kim jong-un's regime. south korean president park geun-hye issued a stern warning. >> reporter: any country that focuses exclusively on strengthening its military power while people are starving is bound to face self-destruction. >>> china is north korea's biggest ally but it too supports the latest u.n. sanction. james tengan is in beijing covering our series china, change and challenge. james, how is the story on the korean peninsula playing occupant there? >> reporter: yes, gene. li keqiang and xi jinping are expected to be confirmed as vice premier and president at next week's national people congress. chinese government officials are trying to show they are doing what they can to keep the peace. a foreign ministry spokesperson appealed to leaders in north and south korea to let cooler heads >>> china is north korea's biggest ally but it too supports the latest u.n. sanction. the country is in the process of a leadership transition. james tengan is in beijing covering developments as part of our series, "china, change and challenge." james, how is the s
dismissed the threat of preemptive nuclear strike saying such an attack would mark the end of kim jong un's regime. south korean president park geun-hye issued a stern warning. to pyongyang. >> translator: any country that focuses exclusively on strengthening its military power while people are starving is bound to face self-destruction. >>> chinese leaders have long supported their counterparts in north korea. still, they back the latest u.n. security council sanctions. the world's most populous nation is in the middle of a leadership transition. nhk world's james tengan reports from beijing on china's reaction to north korea's latest moves and the other challenges facing its next generation of leaders. >> reporter: xi jinping is expected to be confirmed as china's president and premier li keqiang next week at the national people's congress. it looks like the situation on the korean peninsula will be their first major foreign policy challenge. chinese government officials are trying to show they're doing what they can to keep the peace. a foreign ministry spokesperson appealed to leaders
if the threats are indications of real insecurity in the regime or kim jong un's way of asserting authority. >> we don't really know the internal situation in terms of what he might have to do or who he might have to owe in terms of the ability to sustain power. >> reporter: in fact, u.s. officials tell us that it is extre extremely difficult to get human intelligence on the inner workings of the regime. they're not as worried about the big grand scale attack, but they are worried about smaller provocations like shelling some of those islands there near south korea that could lead to a tit for tat response and really see things escalate on the peninsula. ka kate? >> this is just the latest in a string of threats as you well know and you've talked about. thanks so much from the pentagon for us this evening. >>> let's dig deeper on this now with the veteran diplomatic troubleshooter, former new mexico governor and u.n. ambassador bill richardson. i don't need to remind our viewers, governor, but you have been to north korea a number of times and most recently just in january. thanks so much f
's ruling elite who have done so much harm to the people of north korea. we must go after kim jong un's illicit activities like we went of after organized crime in the united states; identify the network, interdict shipments and disrupt the flow of money. this would sever a key subsidy for north korea's weapons of mass destruction program. for only when the north korean leadership realizes that its criminal activities are untenable do prospects for peace and security in northeast asia improve. i will now turn to our ranking member, eliot engel of new york, for his opening comments. >> well, thank you very much, mr. chairman, and i'd like to thank you for calling this timely hearing and for your leadership in addressing the north korean threat. i would also like to say publicly that it was a privilege to travel to the region with you earlier this year to discuss north korea, with top leaders in seoul, tokyo and beijing. the recent nuclear test conducted by the north was a dangerous provocation that raised tensions in northeast asia. it reinforces the fact that pyongyang poses a serious
up. victor, alison? >> jim, we saw the photographs just a few seconds ago of kim jong-un with four generals behind him and the map in the background talks about targets in the u.s. what is the likelihood that kim jong-un and his army could pull that off? >> in a word, zero. they cannot hit the u.s. mainland with what they have now. if they were to launch that missile that they put up to put a satellite in orbit, they'd have to leave it on the launch pad probably ten days as they fueled it up. they simply don't have the capability, they're too vulnerable, but they do have medium and long-range missiles with a range of about 1,300 miles the longest ones and that does put guam and japan within range, those missiles work and there are concerns over that, the concerns are over the more low level things they could do, the cyber attacks like we saw in the banks, the incident like the "cheonan" that was lost in 2010, those are things that south korea and the u.s. are keeping a close eye on tonight. >> jim clancy in seoul, south korea, for us, thank you. >>> we've got much more ahead this h
to show dictator gy kim jong un in islands that had a pep talk to "annihilate the enemy" anytime an order is issued. elsewhere, north korean army seasonals conducted military exercises in an apparent display of defiance against the u.s. and south korea. but the newly inaugurated south korean president, the first woman to hold the job, sought to project firmness in response. >> translator: i will deal strongly with north korea's provocation. >> reporter: this week the u.n. security council imposed new sanctions on what is already the most heavily sanctioned state for punishment for the nuclear test the north conducted last month, third in seven years. fresh from hosting dennis ro rodman, discussed a threat but was largely dismissed. >> the united states and the allies are repaired to deal with any threat and any reality that occurs in the world. >> reporter: the north has even gone so far to declare the intention to scrap the truce in place since 1953 that ended the korean war. the state department rejected suggestions that the steady application of sanctions may actually be helping the re
. this comes at the end of the week in which kim jong-un ended the 60-year peace deal with south korea and threatened the united states with a preemptive nuclear attack. joining me now is william cohen and, sir, i'm so glad you're here because this is kind of frightening jargon that's coming out of kim jong-un. i mean, is there any way to gauge how serious these threats are? to make sure this isn't all just bluster? >> well, there is a lot of bluster, but i think that he would understand that any threat to the united states that he seeks to carry out would be met with a response that certainly would alter the geography in that region of the world. and i think what we have to do, three things, number one, we have to lower the rhetoric, which we have done. we have to increase the training and readiness, which we're also doing of our troops in the region along with the south korean forces. and what we also have to do is intensify the sanctions against the north korean regime, which we're doing. and the final thing is president obama said we will reach out to you with an open hand, but we
again and reportedly readying its military. the leader there kim jong un says his rockets are ready to quote settle accounts with the united states. this comes one day after a powerful military message from us to them the pentagon sending two nuclear-capable stealth bombers on a fly over right around the korean peninsula to make sure they saw it. jennifer griffin is live at the pentagon with more on this continuing to develop story. so, jennifer, what is north korea specifically planning to do? what are they saying? >> reporter: well it's difficult to say, jenna, but right now kim jong un is backing himself into a corner and the pentagon is very worried that he may put himself in a position that if he doesn't do something he will lose face. shortly after midnight local time last night north korean state television reported that kim jong un signed orders to put the nation's rockets on combat ready status. the direct threat to the u.s. in the wake of those b-2 bomber flights over the peninsula were cleared the animated north korean news reader said of kim, quote he finally signed the
that covered everythingquester cuts. >>> china backs the u.n. with new sanctions against north korea and kim jong-un. some of the items on the banned list, luxury yachts and race cars. more details on that, straight ahead. >>> first, our top story here at 5:30 a.m. in new york city. senator rand paul's filibuster may have done more to expose rifts among republicans than it did to draw attention to the administration's policy on drone strikes. the kentucky republican's nearly 13-hour stand on the senate floor was praised in a wide range of political circles from peace activists to the tea party. but some fellow republicans, including senators john mccain and lindsey graham are slamming rand's public protest and members of their own party have joined in. >> the country needs more senators who care about liberty. but if mr. paul wants to be taken seriously, he needs to do more than pull political stunts that fire up impressionable libertarian kids in their college dorms. he needs to know what he's talking about. >> to my republican colleagues, i don't remember any of you coming down here sugges
't engage kim jong un, bankrupt him," can which appeared in foreign policy magazine recently. ambassador joseph served as the special envoy for six-party talks with north korea in 2003. from 2010 to 2012, he was the director of the national counterproliferation center. and without objection, the witnesses' full--prepared statements will be made part of the record, but i'm going to ask each to summarize your testimony to five minutes, and we'll begin with dr. asher. >> chairman royce, ranking member engel and other distinguished members of the committee, i want to thank you sincerely for this opportunity to testify on a matter of truly grave concern, the growing nuclear proliferation risk of the north korean regime and the need for a fundamental new policy approach to comprehensively address that threat that north korea poses to asia and the world. in short, our diplomatic efforts which i was part of along with ambassadorty tranny and the six-party talks have objectively failed. unfortunately, so have our effort ors to counter the proliferation activities and nuclear procurement of the no
for years. they brought kim jong un on numerous trips to china and they show him factories and they tell him this is how you need to reform your economy. the north koreans have not listened. they constantly issue provocations. it's not good for business. and the business of china right now is business. host: taking your calls on foreign-policy issues. up first, grand junction, colorado, on the democratic line is cat. caller: thanks for taking my call. i am a fan of obama. nobody does anything exactly right. when you are fighting your own country as well as having to fight foreign wars, it gets to be pretty hard. i think he has handled it in a very courageous and very gentlemanly way. i have never seen a speech being given when he was on his way getting in office where they showed a picture of a man with a sign strapped around his waist [indiscernible] i don't think we would of seen that before any other president. host: how about north korea being a tree pena nation to deal with, on an international level? caller: i think obama is doing the best he can, considering he is being forced into ma
't get any weirder, it does. here's kim jong-un palling around with dennis rodman one week and threatening pre-emptive war the next. we're trying to figure out what this means. he's a young untested leader. is part of an attempted test, the strength of the new president of south korea? is it, you know, some kind of an internal power move? does he need to show that he's a tough guy to his generals who at the end of the day are the military backbone of the regime? that's part of the puzzle. but at the end of the day, it won't mean anything more than this. for the first time, china has really from the start been on board with sanctions against north korea. they helped draft this resolution which tells you just how annoyed they are at north korea. they have, to a certain extend supported it in providing it with fuel and food and this seems to be the straw that broke china's back. >> yeah, because that is pretty significant because china together with the united states, all the other members of the u.n. security council, they are on board because in the past the chinese were the
that of castro in cuba, or kim jong-un in north korea. but the big difference is we have economic relations with venezuela. explain that sort of, i guess that sort of odd dynamic. >> well, the dynamic, chuck, is that chavez was basically pragmatic in his relationship with the u.s. venezuela's our fourth largest oil supplier, they're members of opec, venezuela is like their political -- oil is like their political weapon, but whenever it was with the u.s., they never used it. and chavez, it's all the citgo stations in the u.s. chavez never used it. however, the last 14 years the relationship has been very frigid, and i think it is an opportunity for us to step in in a new relationship with venezuela. it's an important oil-producing country. there's going to be an election there. the opposition candidate is pro-u.s. maduro, the vice president is not pro-u.s., but i think is going to be more pragmatic with chavez. but in the region, i think we have an opportunity to make inroads in the region because several countries had started to follow chavez against the u.s. in the region. >> right. that'
jong-un, anyone is thinking, you chave to assume that perhaps north korea does have something up its sleeve. >> i know you have, of course, been to the dmz which was created by the cease fire. i went about a year ago when president obama was visiting and it was sort of -- it's almost, i would say, incomprehensible to imagine that this sort of what has governed the creation of this demilitarized zone could sort of vanish in a way. what is the response, anna, from washington and seoul to these latest threats? >> yeah. just on the dmz, brianna. you are talking about a strip of land some 250 kilometers long and 50 kilometers wide. north and south korea take up 50 kilometers each. you stand there literally there are north korean troops looking back at you. the north korean military has something like 1.2 million soldiers. what is their downfall is their navy and their air force. you speak to the experts, brianna, and they would say that north korea would be committing suicide by launching an attack on south korea because, as we know, south korea is very much protected by the united states
of north korea, kim jong-un he's a guy that shouldn't be playing with matches much less nuclear welcomes. i'm not concerned though, that he's going to wake up some morning and decide, let's go invade south korea. i don't think he would want to pick that fight. i think he could miscalculate. they could stumble into a war or start something they can't finish and because they're so isolated from the world, they'll mccalculate how we react. and i worry about that and i worry about the nuclear weapons proliferation. if north korea gets nuclear, will japan think it needs them. and in the past, will it sell military equipment to iran and iran gets nuclear weapons and the other countries feel they have to have nuclear weapons as well. yeah, we should be really concerned about this. >> greta: you know, we've taken on the record to north korea three times. >> i know. >> greta: and you know, frankly, i still remain enormously baffled by, you know, i wish that -- i wish that they would put down their nuclear weapons, but the fact is they've now done their third he test on february 12th of this year. th
there in philadelphia. get back now to our top story. north korea is ramping up rhetoric. kim jong-un is ordering rockets to be put on standby quote, to settle accounts with the united states of america. christian white, state department senior visor and sir good morning to you from los angeles. i want to touch on first of all, the u.s. troop involvement in south korea. we have some 30,000 troops there. when stories like these happen, what changes for them or what sort of posture would change for them when this traps? >> well, bill, i haven't heard specifically that they have been put on alert or have elevated status if you will. when you have a crisis, our troops move, liberties are canceled. closer to their weapons. aircraft are loaded and ready for flight. incidentally though, this happens, this recent kefuffle with north korea goes on during the full eagle exercise where the u.s. and south korea mills terries have large joint exercises. our forces would be at an elevated status as a result of that. the recent b-2 announcement from north korea and counter pronouncements from washington and u.s
a recent tour of north korea with a message for president obama from north korean leader kim jong-un. the message, "call me." here's what jay carney and lauraling hlaura ling had to say about this. >> instead of spending money on celebrity sporting events to entertain the elites of that country, the north korean regime should focus on the well-being of its own people who have been starved, imprisoned and denied their human rights. >> the fact that he was a guest of kim jong-un who was clearly wining and dining him and showing him the best that pyongyang had to offer, you know, i wasn't exactly shocked by it, let's say. it's dennis rodman, after all. >> rodman may be taking a beating from the white house, but he did get a lot closer to kim jong-un than most u.s. diplomats ever have. when the two sat court side at a basketball game in north korea. >>> they can open up without warning. we're talking about these awful sinkholes. last week a man fell in claiming his life. coming up, our cameras go underground to take you inside a real sinkhole. >>> plus, the strange standoff at sea over a
anymore, kim jong-un. he has been in for what about a year now? >> yeah. after his father died. apparently the relationship between china and north korea has been described as like lips and teeth. that is the phrase the chinese use but the chinese for years have been trying to get the north koreans to behave basically. they brought kim jong-il on numerous trips to parts of china. they show him factories. tell him, this is how you need to reform your economy and i think the chinese perspective the north koreans haven't listened an they're condition standly issue these provocations which frankly isn't good for business and the business of china right now is business. >> host: taking your calls on this segment on north korea and a variety of other foreign policy issues. cass up first from grand junction colorado, on the democratic line. >> caller: thank you for taking my call. i've been an obama fan for a very long time and i voted for him but i'm very pleased what he did. no one does everything exactly right, when you're fighting your own country as well as having to fight foreign wars, it g
jong un a great friend, his best friend, a nice guy? doesn't that undercut pressure from the west? >> you know what, dennis rodman was a great basketball player, and as a diplomat, he was a great basketball player. that's where we'll leave it. >> as a diplomat, you have been a senator for decades. you have been your own boss. what's it like to coordinate and as some have suggested in the past regarding secretary clinton, take instructions on foreign policy from people in the white house who, frankly, don't have as much experience as you. this was a problem with your predecessor. >> i think -- there's lots of experience in the white house. please don't diminish that, number one. number two, i'm delight to work for this president, with the president and his advisors. it's a great team. the president has a terrific vision. that's what i came over here to try to reinforce is to really cement a community of action around common values, common economic interests, common security interests, and in europe, we did that, and in rome we made it clear how we would join together with respect t
to north korea and satisfying the leaders kim jong un's love of basketball and does this help prop him up to have prominent americans, and there have been others, to go to north korea and show friendship with the regime? >> well, first of all, andrea, you have overstated my basketball skills, so i want to set the record straight on that. >> no. you are an athlete. we know that. >> but clearly, i thought secretary kerry put it best when he said that dennis rodman has been a great basketball player, and as a diplomat, he is a great basketball player. >> at the same time would your warning be to other americans not to show signs of friendship to this regime at a time when they are, in fact, threatening to break the armistice, the 1953 armistice with the south? it's maintained for all of these decades. >> the north has made a number of threats and taken a lot of provocative actions, which we think are condemnable and aren't getting it anywhere, and, frankly, i think the north needs to understand that as long as it persists in this approximate behavior that, the sort of friendship that it want
. north korean dictator, kim jong-un warning releasing video showing imagined attacks on washington and seoul declared that the armistice that halted the korean war was invalid. pretty extreme stuff even by north korean standards and in a pretty short period of time. what's your take on this? do you think he is calling the shots? >> well, there's some debate about that, michael. there are some people who think he's in charge. other folks think maybe his uncle's in charge. it's impossible to know. i think you put it exactly right. both in terms of the extremeness of the statements and the pace of the statements, they've certainly increased these last couple of months. and as you said by standards of north korean rhetoric chrks are pretty bad. they say pretty intense things. if i take any comfort in this, and i don't, the comfort i take is that most of these provocations have not been north korea directly poking south korea. it's a missile test or it's a statement or they're not going to honor an agreement. there hasn't been any direct confrontation. i think that's good. but what worr
is that friend who can't keep a secret. the north korean dictator kim jong un just learned that the hard way. rodman told the british tabloid "the sun" that kim jong un's wife kept talking about her beautiful daughter during his trip there when he and kim became bffs. rumors of kim's secret daughter have swirled for a couple years but north korea never confirmed she existed. >>> now our sports lead. march madness is as much about big money as hoops. politicians here in d.c. are seeing dollar signs whether they filled out a bracket or not. the regionals of the ncaas will happen in washington blocks from the capitol. many polpoliticians are using t as an angle to hold fundraisers. the sun light foundation has gotten its hand on a few invites and says it costs from a grand to $5,000 to get into these events. i'm jake tapper. tomorrow at 4:00 p.m. eastern think about the money that could be made off the munchies alone talking about the big business of marijuana. i leave you now in the able hands of wolf blitzer next door to me in "the situation room." >>> jake, thanks very much. happening now, b
up to kim jong-un and the blood shed in syria spilled into neighborhood are boing iraq all the while the secretary of state john kerry has been traveling the state on this, his first official overseas trip. our jill dougherty had a chance to be with him on the trip and sat down with him in doha qatar. >> reporter: wolf, it's part of an overall plan. at the last stop on his 11-day nine-mission trip, john kerry said, don't look for the united states to send weapons to syrian opposition fighters any time soon. the concern by the administration has been if you send arms to the syrian opposition, they would be diverted into the hands of the extremists. now, monday you said there's a very clear ability now -- >> a syrian opposition to make certain that what goes to the moderate, legitimate opposition is in fact getting to them. >> reporter: so if that's the case, then what is the problem? >> president always has options and has the right to adjust the policy as he goes forward. at the moment, this is the calibration that the president believes is correct to try to give the opportunity for
the north koreans to behave for years. they brought kim jong un on numerous trips to china and they show him factories and they tell him this is how you need to reform your economy. the north koreans have not listened. they constantly issue provocations. it's not good for business. and the business of china right now is business. host: taking your calls on foreign-policy issues. up first, grand junction, colorado, on the democratic line is cat. caller: thanks for taking my call. i am a fan of obama. nobody does anything exactly right. when you are fighting your own country as well as having to fight foreign wars, it gets to be pretty hard. i think he has handled it in a very courageous and very gentlemanly way. i have never seen a speech being given when he was on his way getting in office where they showed a picture of a man with a sign strapped around his waist [indiscernible] i don't think we would of seen that before any other president. host: how about north korea being a tree pena nation to deal with, on an international level? caller: i think obama is doing the best he can, considerin
missile attack. what the greater fear is kim jong u.n., kim the younger trying to prove himself and the military commanders trying to flex their power. some experts worry that that could lead to an attack not against the united states directly but against one of our allies, japan or south korea. shep? what did the united nations do today that is supposed to help prevent all of this. >> they introduced a series of measure in this security council resolution that are designed to stop north korea importing or crucially exporting nuclear technologies and stop the flow of cash that goes along with those kinds of exchanges of technology according to the u.s. ambassador to the u.n. susan rice, these are some of the strongest punishments the security council has ever put together. listen. >> taken together these sanctions will bite and bite hard. they increase north korea's isolation and raise the cost to north korea's leaders of defying the international community. >> now, importantly here, china has not just signed on to this resolution but, in fact, drafted it. but their words will b
appears to grow more impatient with its neighbor. the new leader kim jong-un has been mostly confrontational with the u.s. except for the unusual meeting with former basketball star dennis rodman. the white house is urging north korean cooperation. >> we urged the north korean leadership to president obama's call to go with the path of peace and come into compliance with the its international obligations. north korea violated u.n. security council resolutions and throatened international peace and security. >> reporter: north korea would cancel the 1953 sees fire because it claims washington and others are resorting to aggressive acts, martha. martha: what is congress doing about this crackdown on north korea? what is their idea? >> reporter: the foreign affairs committees in the house and senate are looking for the latest plan of action pushing for tougher new restrictions on north korea and today the house foreign affairs committee is examining how criminal activities like snuggling, counterfeiting, drug trafficking and insurance scams are supporting the authoritarian north
. then there are these north korean threats coming from the regime of kim jong un to launch the nuclear preemptive strikes as north korean officials call them. frankly, megyn, nobody is taking those very seriously. frankly, while north korea does have a long range missile that could possibly reach hawaii or even alaska, it does not yet have the technology to put a nuclear warhead on that missile. that's not to say the threats are being dismissed entirely because obviously there are other ways of attacking the united states. but the video you just showed, the missile launches they have done, the nuclear tests they've carried out, all are not meaningful right now because they're moving towards a nuclear weapon that can reach the u.s. they do not have it. most experts will tell you, they are at least two years away from achieving that technology, megyn. >> megyn: all right. jonathan, thank you. well, new questions today about whether what some are calling the president's 2014 mid term election strategy may have just back fired. today we'll look at the media pushback on the exaggerations over these budget cha
and they are increasing, so that is serious. the other thing is dealing with a new leader, kim jong un, and we still don't know a lot about him, and his reign is developing right before our eyes. he was seen at a artillery site recently which was the same site that fired in 2010 on the south korean island where they had casualties there. another thing is they have a new president in south korea and usually north korea has some kind of pof vocation after a new south korean president takes office. we don't know what he's going to do, but i suspect he's going to do something in the next few weeks or months. jenna: what is also concerning to many analysts is the relationship between north korea and iran. there is certainly a lot of focus on missile interception on the west coast because of the geography with north korea. what about our east coast? what about their relationship with iran? should we be looking elsewhere besides just ask and california to beef up our defenses? >> the iranians certainly, as we all know, we've talked many times, are developing a nuclear weapon. they have missile technology, shor
. mike rogers questioning, quote, the stability of north korea's kim jong un after a recent series of provocative moves. >> the shear threat they would openly threaten a nuclear attack against the united states is problem enough but the military movements along the dmz and north korea are whole new set of problems. it's the largest military in the world still in uniform. this is something that we have to take seriously and you can see that they are looking for some provocations not just along the border, islands they are interested in and they fired artillery on the island. this is concerning because we don't know the stability of their leader, 28 years old. we're just not confident that we know he wouldn't take those steps. >> heather: meanwhile, the north's foreign minister saying his nuclear weapons are not a bargaining chip to trade for economic concessions. >> gregg: serious concerns being raised about the obama's administration handling of the benghazi terrorist attack. injured survivors were told to be quiet by the administration. elizabeth pran reporting from washington. >>
jong-un's government has stayed quiet when south korea has come under cyberattack and blamed the north. south korea believes that they have a whole department dedicated to internet warfare, targeting the u.s. and south korea. in this case, three south korean tv broadcasters and two major banks have their computers go down at 2:00 o'clock yesterday afternoon. those systems stayed down for two to seven hours. for the bank customers, that meant no online banking, no teller machines, no use of debit or credit cards. some of the banks said afterwards that it did not appear that customer accounts were compromised. one south korean computer experts said all signs point north. they said it has to be a hacking attack. such shutdowns cannot be caused by technical glitches. they went on to say that political attacks on south korea come from north korea. so why might the north do it now? welcome here are some of the reasons. north koreans are upset about new u.n. sanctions and they are doing military drills. and north korea claimed that its computer systems were hacked days ago. south korea denied
to score a peace deal with kim jong-un and president obama. >>> horror at an exotic cat sanctuary in california after an intern was mauled to death by a 350-pound african lion. 24-year-old diana hanson was inside the enclosure alone when the lion attacked her. police arrived on the scene, shooting and killing the four-year-old animal. >> our thoughts and prayers go out to our friend and family and to her family at this time n this trying time. >> gretchen: her father says she loved what she did. >> she could work with nothing but big cats all day long. >> gretchen: it's still not clear why she was alone with the lion. coming up, wildlife expert jack hannah will join us with more on this story and his expert insight. >>> the case is closed now, police say no criminal charges will be filed in connection with the death of a woman who was refused cpr at a retirement home. >> they're refusing cpr. as a human being, is there anybody there that's willing to help this lady and not let her die? >> not at this time. >> gretchen: earlier the retirement home in california had said the worker
behavior now by kim jong-un, which i think really are calling into question his judgment on the part of people in north korea. certainly and ionizing all of asia. and i say all of asia, because i know it's causing discomfort in every capital. under these conditions, if we were to simultaneously deployed those controls over the currency, though sanctions, and step up on the anti-proliferation initiative that -- security proliferation initiative that we had in place before, where south korea, the united states and other countries were stopping ships that were bringing contraband, bringing the illicit exports, you know, contraband -- one of the things they do is math. they do a lot of drugs. missile parts. you know, armaments, stop those chips on the high seas and send it back. suddenly of cut off the means of obtaining hard currency. so the legislation that we are working on will address specifically that approach that was tried in 2005, along with the anti-proliferation activities to interdict. over on this side, yes, ma'am. >> thank you so much for your excellent presentation about t
to the process and sit down no. 3 and say what are you doing? is kim jong un committed to denuclearization? and determine if there is any viability to go back to the joint statement. that is a process and that is a meaningful one and my last comment is, i was one of the few in 2012 who was optimistic. i saw some personnel moves being made by kim jong un. he replaced his ministry of defense and replaced his chief of staff. he put people in there, the party officer who is overseeing the military general. he put his uncle into a high position where he treated -- there was some momentum and that fell apart. because of the process. they just launched an they tested and that has come to this position where we're at. a very dangerous stalemate. the chinese now can move this process forward. get them to the table and get some momentum going rather than continued escalation and potential for confrontation. >> thank you. ambassador joseph. would you put your microphone on, please? >> thank you for the invitation to be here and to testify. i will try to be very brief. while one can argue and i think
down north korea and 3 and say what are you doing? -- and say, what are you doing? is kim jong un committed to denuclearization? and determine if there is any viability to go back to the joint statement. that is a process and that is a meaningful one and my last comment is, i was one of the few in 2012 who was optimistic. i saw some personnel moves being made by kim jong un. he replaced his ministry of defense and replaced his chief of staff. he put people in there, the party officer who is overseeing the military general. he put his uncle into a high position where he treated -- there was some momentum and that fell apart. because of the process. they just launched an they tested and that has come to this position where we're at. a very dangerous stalemate. the chinese now can move this process forward. get them to the table and get some momentum going rather than continued escalation and potential for confrontation. >> thank you. ambassador joseph. would you put your microphone on, please? >> thank you for the invitation to be here and to testify. i will try to be very brief. wh
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